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Published on : Thursday, January 28, 2016
New Zealand’s largest festival of Chinese culture, the Auckland Lantern Festival, is moving from its previous Albert Park location to Auckland Domain to accommodate the growing number of festival goers it attracts each year.
All the elements of the festival that tens of thousands of festival goers love every year will be on offer from 18-21 February in a celebration of Chinese New Year and traditional and contemporary Chinese culture.
There will be more than 800 lanterns, including new monkey lanterns to welcome the Year of the Monkey, local and international performers, Chinese food and crafts, martial arts displays, lantern-making and Diablo workshops, and the grand finale fireworks display.
Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) presents the festival in partnership with Asia New Zealand Foundation. ATEED General Manager Destination Vivien Bridgwater says the new location allows the festival to continue to grow.
“We are excited that some of China’s top performers will be appearing at the first festival in the new location.”
The festival will also feature performers from the Guangzhou Acrobatic Arts Theatre, one of China’s largest acrobatic institutions and winner of many international awards.
Asia New Zealand Foundation chairman John Luxton says the visiting Chinese performers will give festival-goers a taste of centuries-old Chinese culture as well as the country’s contemporary music scene.
“The Lantern Festival also celebrates the numerous talents of Auckland’s Chinese communities.
“The move to the bigger venue of the Auckland Domain demonstrates how much the festival has been embraced by the city since the first event back in 2000.”